List of Commands (Imperatives) in the Book of James

By Timothy Sparks
tdsparks77@yahoo.com
http://www.timothysparks.com

One might be left with the impression that James is a book of imperatives after seeing a command in virtually one out of every two verses. There are 54 imperatives (60 counting hypotheticals) in 108 verses.

The following list is based on Greek imperatives:

 1) 1:2—“consider”

 2) 1:4—“let have”

 3) 1:5—“let him ask”

 4) 1:6—“let him ask”

 5) 1:7—“let suppose/think” (negated/prohibition)

 6) 1:9—“let boast”

 7) 1:13—“let say” (negated/prohibition)

 8) 1:16—“be deceived” (negated/prohibition)

 9) 1:19—“let be”

10) 1:21—“receive”

11) 1:22—“be/become”

12) 2:1—“hold” (negated/prohibition)

[2:3—“sit”/“stand”/“sit” (hypotheticals; w/subjunctive)]

13) 2:5—“listen”

14) 2:12—“speak”

15) 2:12—“act”

[2:16—“go”/“be warmed”/“be filled” (hypotheticals; w/subjunctive)]

16) 2:18—“show”

17) 3:1—“let be” (negated/prohibition)

18) 3:4—“behold/look”

19) 3:5—“behold/look”

20) 3:13—“let him show”

21) 3:14—“boast” (negated/prohibition)

22) 3:14—“lie” (negated/prohibition)

23) 4:7—“submit/subject yourselves”

24) 4:7—“resist” (cf. 1 Pet. 5:9)

25) 4:8—“draw near”

26) 4:8—“cleanse” (to free/strip: Mt. 8:2-3; 1 Jn. 1:7, 9)

27) 4:8—“sanctify/purify” (cf. Jn. 11:55; 1 Pet. 1:22)

28) 4:9—“lament/be grieved”

29) 4:9—“mourn” (cf. Mt. 5:4)

30) 4:9—“weep”

31) 4:9—“let be turned”

32) 4:10—“humble yourselves”

33) 4:11—“speak against” (negated/prohibition)

34) 4:13—“come now” (cf. “see now,” Mt. 26:65)

35) 5:1—“come now” (purpose is to reprove; 4:13)

36) 5:1—“weep” (w/“howling”—repentance; 4:9)

37) 5:4—“behold/look”

38) 5:7—“be patient” (cf. 2 Pet. 3:9)

39) 5:7—“behold/look”

40) 5:8—“be patient”

41) 5:8—“strengthen”

42) 5:9—“grumble” (negated/prohibition)

43) 5:9—“behold/look”

44) 5:10—“take”

45) 5:11—“behold/look”

46) 5:12—“swear” (negated/prohibition)

47) 5:12—“let be”

48) 5:13—“let him pray”

49) 5:13—“let him sing praise”

50) 5:14—“let him call”

51) 5:14—“let them pray”

52) 5:16—“confess”

53) 5:16—“pray”

54) 5:20—“let him know”

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3 responses to “List of Commands (Imperatives) in the Book of James

  1. GREG

    Thank you for doing this. Interesting to see the common ground of most of these imperatives. One could say that the imperatives of James expound on Pauls mind renewal process.

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